The Public Services Department is responsible for trimming trees. Each year city funds are budgeted for tree trimming services. Trims related to safety (tree limbs that interfere with safe passage of vehicles or pedestrians) are scheduled immediately. Other trims are scheduled as funds are available. All trees are trimmed in accordance with criteria set by the International Society of Arboriculture, the National Arborist Association, and the American National Standards Institute. This means that tree limbs are selectively removed to “air out” the tree to encourage good development and preserve their health, structure, and natural appearance. The city will not allow its crews or contractors to perform topping, heading back, stubbing, lion tailing or pollarding.
City of Watertown Public Services staff will be trimming boulevard trees in your neighborhood during the next few weeks. This work is weather dependent. As staff is trimming the trees, they will be leaving piles of brush on the boulevard for a couple of days. We will then return with a brush chipper and chip up the piles of brush. There is no cost to the property owner for tree trimming.
The boulevard is generally defined as the area that is 15 feet from back of the curb to the property line. In some instances, staff will be trimming trees that are not in the boulevard that cause a safety hazard from the traveling public or pedestrians. These trees will only be trimmed to remove the hazard.
Below is our City Ordinance pertaining to tree maintenance within the city. You can also find this on the city website, www.watertownmn.gov under Municipal Code. I also have included a website from the University of Minnesota, explaining the benefits of tree trimming.
(Ord. No. 200, § 9, 9-29-94)
Sec. 26-126. - Public tree care.
(a) The city shall have the right to plant, prune, maintain, remove, or perform any other arboricultural practices as decided necessary within the lines of all streets, alleys, avenues, lanes, squares, and public grounds, as may be necessary to insure public safety or to preserve or enhance the symmetry and beauty of such public grounds. No other planting may be done without consent of the city forester.
To view the guideline for tree trimming from the U of M extension please click here.
Below is a diagram of what the crews are looking to remove when trimming trees.